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of the classroom. is it legal? we will debate. house republicans agree to raise the debt ceiling. one condition stay with us. ♪ ♪ gerri: republicans go for a short-term increase in the debt ceiling, but how can we tackle ♪ gerri: retreating or regrouping? house republicans putting to a vote raising the debt ceiling for three months, but are they backing off of their demands for spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit? with more on this, grover norquist, president for americans for tax reform. great to have you here. other republicans doing the right thing? >> i think so. there are three tools the republicans have to force obama to focus on spending, which she does not want to do it and will do unless forced. first is the sequester which starts march 1st or 2nd. that is a hundred billion dollars per year. that is the real cut in spending that will happen. the other one is the continuing resolution which starts march 4/7. we have a continuing resolution. they are the republicans that can put obama on a very short leash and only give him a continuing resolution for a week for tw
this and more house republicans finally unveil their new debt ceiling deal. we examine the good combat command ugly with americans for tax reform president grover norquist later. one ohio teachesaid she has a crippling fear of being children, but is still being forced to work with them. she says it is discrimination. we have to ask our legal team about this outrageous case. for on the case next on "the willis report." ♪ [ male announcer ] now ny humana medicare plans come with a little extra help in the kitchen. in a first of its kind partnership with walmart, humana medicare plans now include 5% savings on great for you healthier foods at walmart! it's part of the vitality healthyfood program... and one more way humana medicare can help you choose what's good for your health and your wallet. so you can spend a little less money... and spend a little more time sharing what you know with the people who matter most. humana. ♪ ♪ gerri: almost exactly one year ago today in this program, in this segment we told you about the president hosting a white house event and a chilling viewers he's se
republicans are going to try to negotiate a short-term debt ceiling deal so they can try to go for a grand bargain. second-term presidencies have just been spent and filled with misspent political capital that has just eoverreach in terms of presidents looking for a legacy and overspending their political capital. that's the risk president obama -- >> interesting in this cnn poll that just come out, how is president obama handling his job as president, approve 53%, disapprove 42%. but when they are asked how is the country headed, right direction 35%, wrong direction, 57%. they approve of the president but think he's going completely in the wrong direction. he's a lucky boy, many would argue, that he's gotten a second term, given the state of the economy, given the fact that most americans think the country is going in the wrong direction. he's been given that lucky second chance. and he campaigned well. you have to give him that. what are his challenges in the second term? >> the first thing every president has to be careful of in a second term, as margaret alluded to is overreach. there'
to another potential issue. the republicans determination to shut down government, to let the debt ceiling hang out, to risk a loss of credit, are they still on that same front? >> i think they are seeing the handwriting on the wall. when you look at these bipartisan votes, you have paul ryan voting for higher taxes. you have both ryan and rubio voting for immigration reform now. and i think you're going to see enough votes in the center to raise the debt ceiling without any kind of -- chris: are they jumping shark on this? >> i think so. i think the public is certainly sick of it. and i also think the business community doesn't want to hear anything about shutting down the government. chris: you're the expert. i real me mean this. people advise me on making financial decisions. they think the economy looks pretty good. don't mess it up. >> it does look pretty good, as best we can tell. the one thing to remember is it's not just the debt ceiling. it's these automatic cuts that are scheduled to take place march 189 the debt ceiling isn't their only opportunity to try to get the president to
sequestration. there was talk this we, at the possible offer from reblics on the debt ceiling. we are facg two different dedeadlines. republicans are sayining, we might give an extension until april 15. if youo not do it, no memberer of congrs will get paid starting april 15. what is your takake? >> i certaininly think that both governrnors would love the idea of congress not getting paid until it does what it needs to do. they have all of these deadlines. sesequestration, which they only push back two nths. theyey have a continuingng resolution to fund the government. it is comi in a matter of weeks. and there is theebt ceiling. it could be financially damaging. >> we do not know when at iss coming. >> the date keypad, february 15. --ou pegged bruary 15. >> it could be disastrs. you have heard a lot of officials from state and local government reminng congress that t there is a huge spillover effect. right now, they are still negotiating. there's still trapped in negotiating cuts in the long- term deficit. -- they're still trying to negotiate cuts in the long term deficit. >> the republicans
with republicans on the hill after the debt ceiling negotiation back in 2011. for that reason and others, his confirmation hearing could be bumpy. if confirmed, he will be dealing with the top issue in this second term, how to get the economy moving and addressing the country's long term fiscal problems. >> this is a president that is forced to grapple with the budget woes, with the economy that cannot get over the hump. it will consume most of his time, i believe, in the second term. >> what he cannot do going into the term is go from economic crisis to economic crisis. that is not leadership. he has to figure out how to address this in ay way. our health care reform cannot waste, must not wait and will not wait another year. >> passing health care legislation early on was high on the president's to-do list. he picked kansas governor to head up health and human services, to get health care legislation done he largely passed control over to congress to put the bill together and to figure out how to get it through. it became a messy process about 2,000-plus-page bill. it did pass. it was signe
to issues like the debt ceiling? you said republicans were more flood throwing the country back into recession, talking about gun control, saying, ask, you should call your congressman and ask why they are against us, is it because of the nra, they care more about them than they did about first graders are. what do you make of the tone of the president at this point? >> the president, candy you seems so fix said. the president seems so fix said on demonizing republicans that he is blinded to the opportunities as well as the obligations that he has to deal with big problems in this country on debt and entitlements. >> the same problems on the republican side as well? >> the president if he hits the reset bunt, like did he with russia, time to hit the reset but the within republicans and look to the inclusions of the major problems and divided government a perfect time do it, candy. >> senator john barrasso, thanks for joining us this morning. >> thanks for having me. >>> coming up, the next four years with former senator russ feingold, former speaker of the house newt gingrich, "
in washington. it was a learning process. you know, there were bumps along the way, the debt ceiling crisis with republicans refused to come to the table and compromise. we had to take it outside washington to affect change inside washington and we've been successful at that. >> jody canter also mentioned the obama are more confident, though more scarred. you were the chief of staff for the first lady during the 2008 campaign. how has the last four years changed her? some say it's changed mrs. obama more than it's changed president obama. >> i don't think that's true. i think you look, we're all human and being the president and first lady is an incredible privilege and they appreciate that every single moment of every single day but it's also not an easy job. the first lady relishes in the things she's been able to get done. the let's move campaign has mobilized the country around keeping kids healthy. the things she's done for military families and the great concert we had last night to celebrate military families. you know, i think like anything in life, four years into it, you have a be
on to debt. this issue will continue and so will the issue on the debt. senator cruz, house republicans have taken a step back on this debt ceiling standoff. should it be raised. this is how "the new york times" described it over the weekend. i'll put it up on the screen and have you react to it. backing down from the hardline stance, house republicans said friday they would agree to lift the federal government's statuary borrowing limit for three months with a requirement that both chambers of the congress pass a budget in that time to clear the way for negotiations on long-term deficit reduction to add muscle to the efforts to bring democrats to the table, they would include a provision in the debt ceiling legislation saying that lawmakers will not be paid if they do not pass a budget blueprint. was it right to step back from challenging the president over raising the debt ceiling? >> well, i think the house proposal is a step in the right direction. no doubt the senate hasn't done it's job. it's been nearly four years since it's passed a budget. the senate should pass a budget. but it doe
of extending the debt ceiling three months, until april and clean, except for the fact they want to link it to the idea that both the house and the senate pass a budgetnd and if they don't they lose their pay? >> i think -- we don't think short-term is smart for the economy, 2-3 months still has uncertainty and we are very pleased to see the republicans in the house drop their previous position, which was, you know, they were only going to pay the bills, essentially, they racked up if that he got what they wanted from the deep spending cuts in medicare and other programs. so that is progress but what we need to do is, washington needs to start contributing certainty and help to the economy and if you talk to anybody in the country -- >> you will not veto a three-month extension, are you? >> again, i think that there is long term debt and short-term debt. i think we have made progress on the budget and cut spending, in 2011, the budget was cut over a trillion dollars and signed a -- >> you were forced into that by republicans. >> no, we weren't and we were sitting around the table with th
: but there are still deep divides, including an upcoming deadline over the debt ceiling which is the nation's borrowing limit. this week's top republicans offered a new plan that would increase the limit for three months and require congress to pass the budget within that time frame or else no pay. >> so we're saying is, we will extend the debt limit until the timeline where you have a budget, a road map. >> reporter: republicans are hoping that strategy will ultimately lead democrats to agree to deep spending cuts. officials close to the president say mr. obama is open to more cuts but insists he won't slash entitlements like medicare. >> ultimately we've got to do it in a balanced way. he's not going to do this on the backs of the poorest americans. >> reporter: the looming fiscal fight could overshadow some of the president's larger policy goals, like promoting gun safety in the wake of the newtown tragedy. this past week president obama unveiled a package of new proposals aimed at curbing gun violence. >> congress should impose a ban on military-style assault weapons. >> reporter: but its resistanc
, climate change, debt ceiling, and immigration. >> and one more thing going for him. >> the republicans are total disarray. they have been so poor in their choices on candidates as well as issues. each of them have gone in the wrong direction. so suddenly, they're at war among themselves. >> and we're going to be watching it. >> and it's right. >>> coming up, one more look at this morning's top stories. >> and that includes finding out who is playing in the super bowl today. the big game between the 49ers and the falcons next. president obama takes the oath of office for his second term in ab >>> welcome back. >> president barack obama taking the oath of office for the second term in about half an hour. the formal swearing in happens in the white house blue room this morning. in a public ceremony, big pomp and circumstance set for tomorrow. >>> ask the 49ers will face the atlanta falcons today in the nfc championship game. if the 49ers win, they earn their ticket to new orleans and a chance to win their sixth super bowl. >>> prosurfers are in half
, climate change, debt ceilings and immigration. >> and he has one more thing going for them. the republicans are in total disarray. they have gone in the wrong direction in the terms of candidates and issues. so, suddenly they are at war among themselves. >> and there is more to continue. we will be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, this morning president obama to r his . >>> okay. let's take look at this morning's top stories which just about half an hour ago president obama took an oath of office for his second term. the formal swearing in happened at the top of this hour. but the public ceremony, the biggy, is for tomorrow. >> meanwhile the san francisco 49ers face the atlanta falcons. if the 49ers win they get the ticket to the super bowl in new orleans plus a chance to win the 6th super bowl. >> and the mavericks surf contest is going on in half- moon day and the sun is shining. >> yes. we will look for temperatures in the 60s in the bay area. in san francisco a forecast high in the low 60s. 63 oakland. 68 in san jose. it will be a beautiful one. >> you can't go wrong. >>> t
. he still faces an unresolved fiscal situation and looks like republicans may be extending the debt ceiling by a few months but still has major budget cuts to deal with this spring. do you see his relationship with republicans improving at all as they try to fix this crisis? >> it is going to be a real confrontation, the republicans did blink. that's exactly right, bianna and said they don't want this over the debt limit that was supposed to hit in february and extend it, as he said, probably until april. the president will sign that which gives them a space to try to come up again with some kind of big budget deal before those across the board budget cuts hit in march and the government is set to shut down at the end of march. there is no question that these big fiscal issues, taxes and spending will define the first quarter of the president's second term. >> george, talk about this term, the second term curse. we -- reagan had iran-contra, nixon had watergate. clinton had monica lewinsky. why is it that they tend to go sour. >> lyndon jonls had to resign before he ran because of v
up and the debt ceiling talks of 2011 led to a budget standoff between democrats and republicans who had taken back control of the house in the mid-terms. >> is there a risk that the united states could lose its triple-a credit rating, yes or no? >> no risk of that. >> no risk. >> the debt ceiling was raised in august, the political fight and the spotlight on the count row's deficit and debt problems led s&p to downgrade the u.s. credit rating for the first time in history. >> geithner steered the major economic moves in the first term, now he's stepping down at treasury. the pick to replace him is jack lew, who has established a close relationship with the president. he is know chummy with the republicans on the hill after the debt ceiling negotiation. for that reason and other, his looming confirmation hearing could be bumpy. but if confirmed, lew will likely be dealing with the top issue in this second term, how to get the economy moving and addressing the count re's long-term fiscal problems. >> this is a president that is forced to grapple to the tenor of our times with the budg
with the republicans on the hill after the debt ceiling negotiation. for that reason and other, his looming confirmation hearing could be bumpy. but if confirmed, lew will likely be dealing with the top issue in this second term, how to get the economy moving and addressing the count re's long-term fiscal problems. >> this is a president that is forced to grapple to the tenor of our times with the budget woes, with the economy that can't get over the hump. it's going to consume most of his time, i believe, in the second term. >> what he cannot do, going into this term is go from economic crisis to economic crisis. that's not leadership. what he will have to do is figure out how we address this in a broader policy way. >> health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait and won't wait another year. >> he chose kansas governor kathleen sebelius to get health care legislation done, he largely passed control over to continuing to get -- to congress to get the bill together. it became a messy process, about a 2,000-plus-page bill. >> this notion that this has been not transparent and people don'
're not going to vote to raise the other guy's debt ceiling, but there was always the understanding that we would provide the votes in the final analysis. the president's party did that. right now, what you have is a situation where the republican party is reduced to its lowest andi in the history of "the wall street journal" poll. the only thing that is worse is john boehner. 18% favorable. this is not a formidable partner. >> over the weekend, "politico" spoke to many advisers and said house republicans and party leaders appear willing to shut down government. might need to do that four- member management purposes so that they can have an end game and show their constituents they are fighting. get it out of the system? this is not a gastrointestinal problem, this is the government. >> i would suggest therapy and do not shed down the government. i would give it to them for free. the republicans have had a pretty unhappy experience with brinksmanship. years theye ngrich ut dwn the government and they got shellacked. they tried to force the issue using the debt ceiling in 2011, using the fis
. the president they say start offing the wrong foot feuding over the debt ceiling and gun control. mike, what are key republicans saying about the president doing with them in congress? >> reporter: one of key things for republicans even though president obama was the united states senator representing illinois, he likes to work around congress. on dealing with congress, roy blunt says he needs to be realistic. >> he speaks in general terms. he likes the executive order approach a lot better than the legislative approach and you can't get that far with executive orders. you've got to legislate, you don't control the whole congress. >> reporter: he says with a divided government. republicans controlling the house, democrats controlling the senate and obviously the white house, there is an opportunity to get big things done. >> eric: the president's allies and staff saying about this, any change? >> reporter: essentially what they are saying he will use inspirational words to try to motivate the country. tomorrow lab general layout of what he wants to do over the next four years, where he wishe
e to rai the other guys debt ceiling but there was always the understa that we would provide the votes in the final ananalysis. the president's party y did that. right now, what you have is a situation where the republican party is reduced to its lowest standing in the history of "the wall streeeet journal" nbc poll. the only thing that is worse is john boehner, 18% favorable. this is not a formidable parker. >> "politico" spoke to some unnamed republican leaders and they said that party leadaders have appeared to shut down the government to make a point. they may need to shut dowjust to get out of the system. we may need to do that for member-management purposes so that they can show their constituents they are fighting. get it out of the system kept? this is not a gastrointestinal system. thiss the government. >> i would offer therapy and not closing the government. the republicans have had a pretty unhappy experience with brinksmanship. twice in the gingrich years shut down the government, and they got shellacked. they tried to force the issue using the debt ceiling in 20
the ceiling and the government is using accounting tricks to pay the bills and top republican leaderships say they may vote in favor of a three month extension without requirements to cut government spending that. is according to eric cantor who said the vote could happen next week. it would mark a hudge about face for congressional republicans who said our government is addicted to spending . we turn to our new polling and show you most americans believe we have a spending problem. a whopping 83 percent said that government spending is out of control. compared to 62 percent in 2009 . majority of you scene percent favor raising the debt ceiling but the increase must be tied to major spending cuts. only 23 percent think it should be raised with no strings attached. that is what the republicans are considering. stay withs numbers just a moment now. we want to show you president obama will begin the second term with much less support than he had four years ago. the president's approval rating is 47 percent . 47 percent disapproving. compared to this time four years ago when his approval rating w
's some type of deal on not slamming-- or raising the debt ceiling, just the tone, jay carney saying he's encouraged and the republicans trying to beat a deadline and things might be different. >> sure, i don't think anyone in this town is under any illusion, and magically the republicans and democrats are coming together and solve all of these big problems and singing kumbayah. but there are a host of things where they want to come together and find some common ground and the debt ceiling might be one of them, but the republicans have some caveats to that and want to make sure that the senate democrats pass a budget. something they haven't done in the last four years and put some heat on the democrats right there. even as both sides are talking about coming together on some of this, there's going to be an edge to it as well. let's not forget the president is still dealing with high unemployment. and wants to focus on gun control, immigration reform and get those done in the second term and still got things left over from the first term. stubbornly high unemployment said he's going to c
's the problem with the three month extension. the republicans blinking and suggesting i want to fight this debt ceiling on this debt ceiling front, which would be good. they are going to keep us going every three months. we never get around to talking about the larger economic question. >> i don't want to have that conversation in the context of the three-month debt ceiling deals. if we are going talk entitlements, is there room to push on the entitlements and suggest a larger social safety net, things like providing opportunities for poor children beginning to close the wealth gap is a priority. >> raise the health care law. i think it's very important to remember that law isn't fully operational, yet. there is -- yes, exactly. there's an enormous amount of work to do. there's a lot of resistance in the states. that's going to be a struggle. >> one piece of that is in 1997 we did a balanced budget deal. one thing that happened when that period of republicans and democrats came together was step back and as part of consolidating the budget, they shift resources. that was the deal. it was a defi
about that. we have the debt ceiling vote, whether it's coming at the end of february or three months later, that's looming. it's a major issue. it's nonoptional. and as david said, something like universal background checks, "washington post" poll showed 89% republicans support for. it won't translate into that level of support in congress. >> we're talking about domestic issues. clearly the president wants that to be his focus. he'd like to have a more robust recovery than the first term. again, we're often surprised. events overseas can capture the attention. the president wants to look to asia and china, but he's got a middle east in north africa that is unpredictable if not worse. how much, david, do you see the world intervening in the second term? >> a lot. and historically, it's intervened more and more partly because presidents have also sort of invited that. >> yes. >> as domestic power has wound down, they've turned to the international side. but here suddenly north africa seems explosive. and i don't think the president, as much as he wants to pivot, i just don't think he
the republicans are caving in on the debt ceiling with a short-term agreement for a grand plan. if they could not do a grand plan a year and a half ago they will not now. >> my point. they lost on taxes. they are folding on the debt ceiling. they are hoping the timing will be better to deal with the sequestration with the debt ceiling but that is cosmetics. john is right. the premise of your question is right. this is a party that lost its way, lost its vision, lost its approach and the president is trying --. >>gregg: the president's approval rating is 53 percent and negative 48 percent and that is almost the lowest of any second-term president in six decades. nixon did better than that. however, look at the house of representatives republicans. they are showing disapproval rating at 73 percent. >> they have been perceived at negative, out of touch positions that are not popular. >>gregg: gay rights and tax rights? >> and they fit into the demonization they are protecting the rights of the rich. >> they do not have a pro growth agenda, creating jobs, they do not have a message. >>gregg: and
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